Who we are

Alven is an independent early-stage venture capital firm with a successful track record of 5 successive funds backing more than 130 startups over 20 years. As of 2020 Alven has over €500m in funds under management.

Founded in 2000 by Guillaume Aubin & Charles Letourneur, Alven has kept growing over the years thanks to its stellar performance, from a first €8m institutional fund in 2000, to a fifth fund of €250m in 2016, consolidating its position as a leading European VC firm.

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Our History

  • January 2022

    Record-breaking fundraising of €486 million for Qonto bringing its valuation to €4.4 billion.

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  • data iku

    August 2020

    Dataiku announces $100m Series D

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  • January 2020

    Qonto announces $115m Series C

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  • data iku

    December 2019

    Dataiku becomes a Unicorn

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  • October 2019

    Algolia completes a $110m Series C

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  • MeilleursAgents.com

    October 2019

    MeilleursAgents acquired by Axel Springer for €200m

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  • akeneo

    September 2019

    Akeneo raises $46m in Series C funding

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  • July 2019

    Meero raises a record setting $230m in Series C funding

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  • May 2019

    Heetch completes a $38m Series B

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  • April 2019

    Sqreen raises $14m in Series A funding

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  • drivy

    April 2019

    Drivy acquired by Getaround for $300m

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  • people doc

    June 2018

    PeopleDoc acquired by Ultimate Software for $300m

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  • May 2018

    Sézane acquired by General Atlantic

  • September 2017

    Meero raises €15m in an Alven-led Series A

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  • May 2017

    Alven invests in Jobteaser by leading a €13m Series B round

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  • January 2017

    Qonto raises $1.7m in a Seed Round led by Alven

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  • December 2016 – Alven V

    Alven raises €250m for its fifth fund

    A testimony of Alven’s continued dynamism, Alven’s fifth and largest-ever fund is launched only 3 years after its predecessor, consolidating Alven’s position as a leading European VC firm

  • November 2016

    Stripe raises a $150m Series D led by CapitalG/Google and General Catalyst, reaches 9.2b valuation

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  • September 2016

    OpenClassrooms raises €6m in Series B funding

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  • sqreen

    May 2016

    Sqreen Seed Round, led by Alven

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  • trainline

    March 2016

    Captain Train acquired by Trainline for €200m

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  • stripe

    November 2015

    Alven invests in Stripe

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  • bime

    October 2015

    Bime Analytics acquired by Zendesk for $45m

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  • heetch

    March 2015

    Heetch Seed Round

  • January 2015

    Dataiku Seed Round

  • wit.ai

    January 2015

    Wit.ai acquired by Facebook

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  • December 2014

    Captain Train raises €55m in Series B funding, led by Alven

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  • October 2014

    Wit.ai Seed Round

  • akeneo

    September 2014

    Akeneo Seed Round

  • November 2013

    Bime Analytics Series A Round

  • October 2013

    Algolia Seed Round

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  • March 2013

    Sézane Series A Round

  • March 2013: Alven IV

    Alven continues to establish itself as a perennial player in the European VC ecosystem, by launching its fourth fund in 2013, followed in 2019 by the Alven IV opportunity fund – both totalling €190m

  • September 2012

    Drivy Seed Round

  • OpenClassrooms

    March 2012

    OpenClassrooms Seed Round

  • people doc

    June 2010

    PeopleDoc Series A Round

  • MeilleursAgents.com

    December 2009

    MeilleursAgents Series A Round

  • 2008: Alven III

    Following on its strong track record, Alven keeps growing in ambition & scope with its third, €100m fund, becoming one of the rare European funds over six-figure mark.

  • November 2006

    SeLoger announces a €370m IPO

  • Mid-2000s: Growing the team

    As operations grow, Alven’s team grows into a tight and focused team with a strong tech & entrepreneurial background

  • December 2005

    Webhelp is sold to Equistone in an €83m LBO

  • 2003: Alven II

    Alven raises its second, €36M fund, Alven II

    Despite an unfavorable global economy, Alven is able to leverage the stellar performance of its first fund to gradually increase its operations in a second institutional fund of 36m€

  • Fall 2000

    Alven invests in SeLoger

  • Summer 2000

    Webhelp Seed Round

  • Summer 2000: Alven created

    Alven is created in Paris by Guillaume Aubin and Charles Letourneur, with a first institutional fund of 10m€

    Focusing on tech & digital early-stage startups, Guillaume & Charles, two college friends, decide to leave their investment & corporate banking careers, investing their savings in budding startups